, by Jeff Turrentine
Opening lines of “The Velocipede: Its History, Varieties, and Practice,” by J. T. Goddard. The book was published in 1869.
Fun fact from the same book: “Among those who distinguished themselves on the velocipede in England was Michael Faraday the chemist, who frequently drove his machine through the suburbs of London.”
From a New York Times writeup of the Museum of the City of New York exhibit, “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011.”
The exhibit, running through April 15, has been designed as a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the planning document that established Manhattan’s street grid and continues to influence public life.